Early anecdotal evidence points to Apple Mac mini success among Windows-only users

“The much-anticipated Mac Mini has arrived, and some Windows users who’ve toyed with the idea of a Mac are ready to open their wallets. Apple figures many Windows users have been interested in a Mac, but were daunted by the price tag,” Ina Fried writes for CNET News. “Now that the cheaper Mac Mini has arrived, how many PC users will switch?”

“Windows developer Alex Gorbatchev just bought his first Mac. The Toronto resident said he has long wanted to see how the other side lives, but the iMac was ‘too expensive a toy. I’ve never had my hands on a Mac and I’m really curious to get my hands on one,’ Gorbatchev said in an e-mail,” Fried reports. “Gorbatchev is just the kind of person Apple Computer hoped to appeal to by introducing its $499 Mac Mini. The company reasons that plenty of Windows users have been interested in a Mac but are turned off by the hefty price tag.”

“The Mac Mini is indeed cheap by Mac standards, though it’s still pricier than bottom-of-the-line PCs. That said, analysts say it is just the kind of device that could spur PC-toting iPod owners and others to give the Mac a try–the so called ‘halo effect’ Wall Street has been looking for. The main question now is just how bright a halo the new machine will shine on its maker,” Fried reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: Sticker price is not indicative of the total cost of ownership of a personal computer. Macs are immune to Windows viruses, adware, spyware, and malware. Plus the software you get and the Mac OS X operating system in unavailable on any non-Mac PC at any price. The Windows-centric media and Windows-only users who have deep-seated “Mac issues” will be grappling with understanding the Mac mini for awhile.

To really understand the Mac mini, think of it as an amazing $499 software bundle and OS package that is literally unrivaled in personal computing history that includes a free Apple Macintosh computer.

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  1. It doesn’t have to be the cheapest. It has to be cheap enough for people to consider it in addition to their other computer. And that, it clearly is.

    I can see Apple shifting nearly a million of these in the first three months. I just hope they can keep up with demand for a change.

  2. Regarding erk‘s comment, I upped the RAM on my Mac minis to 512MB. Seems sufficient as I’m using these as “set-top boxes” to high-def monitors. Bluetooth keyboards and mice for all!

    Oh, and I also added the inexpensive SuperDrive option. Duh.

  3. hopefully the average windows switcher will be knowledgeable to know that they NEED 512 to get a decent expierence from the Mac OS

    my fear is that most won’t and end up with a bad first taste of it

    256 doesn’t cut it, 512 should be standard

  4. Well, if those Wintel users are coming from XP, they should be used to 512, eh? But once they see OS X at any memory level, I think they’ll be blown away. It’s so much more clean, professional, and interactive that XP.

  5. Well I still can’t find a Dell that’s as cheap. Not on the UK Dell store. I left off the 1394 port because it comes with KB&mouse;. I did add anti-virus, but no other software. it came with some Dell software and MS works. Couldn’t order it headless. Itt came to about �50 more than the mini with a CRT and a KB&Mouse;.

    I just don’t get why they think it’s expensive.

    It’s not perfect. I think being obsessed with the size of it is a mistake. Fitting a 3.5″ drive instead of a 2.5″ drive would have probably save enough money to include user upgradable 2nd RAM slots, and also give the *option* of much bigger drives. That all in a case that was maybe an inch wider/deeper and maybe a smidge taller.

    So it’s a really good product that I think coulsd be improved on. But it’s a 1st gen, so they can fix these things if it’s necessary in a future product. No problem.

    I keep hoping that someone asks for some advice so that I can point them in the direction of this baby (if it’s the right machine).

  6. I really don’t know what problem everyone has with there being too little RAM in the machine. It is supposed to be a home machine for the occasional dip into the image or video editing realm.

    I would kill for one of these machines as a work machine. currently i have a 466Mhz G4, standard as they come with the exception that my company added another 128 Mb Ram to 384 Mb total. I use Photoshop everyday, with layered PSD-Files of up to 1.2 Gig (located on our servers) and I can still open them and work with them without getting my titties in a twist. I have a 2.8 Ghz Windows PC at home, and in pure Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark work, i am more productive on the mac than on the PC with the same apps by a factor of 1:1.5 (1 hour work on the mac = 1.5 hours work on the PC). and my PC is secure, as in I reformatted the HD, installed XP Pro, and have never let that ‘puter see an internet connection, and I never will.

    Granted, some actions could be faster, but all in all if my mac is good enough to do professional design work with, then the mini in its standard configuration should suit its purpose perfectly.

    As a side note, the only thing I cannot speak for is the RAM intensiveness of OSX, as we are still on OS 9, since most of our computer to plate printers have not updated their systems yet, and the beancounters at my company therefore think that we also do not need to upgrade.

  7. BSOD: An XP machine using 512 of RAM still doesn’t cut it. You need at least a Gig o’RAM. Especially when you a are a Photoshop power user along with inDesign and Illustrator all open plus Outlook. The screen redraws are crawling and mind you I am on a 1.8 ghz P4 machine with 512 MB of RAM. The RAM of course is shared with the video that’s why. Darn Dell.

  8. I have an aging BW G3 which I processor upgraded to a 340 mghtz G4. It is about 5 years old now. I don’t do a lot of work at home so I don’t really need a G5 but have a nice 20″ monitor. So the Mac Mini is a perfect upgrade for me.

  9. Oh yes, I forot. They really should have made it 512MB default. It’s aimed at people who aren’t going to upgrade it, so it should have decent amount to start with.

    256MB is beachball-tastic.

  10. The three bottom of the line Dell PCs have 256 MB RAM and it shares this for video. $399 – 599. Each have 40 GB hard drives, too. Except for the BYODKM aspect, the mini compares pretty well.

  11. Concerning Hywel’s post and the issue of whether the Mac Mini’s small size is important: there is a story on Macworld UK about putting the Mac Mini in auto dash slots. It’s not much bigger than the standard AM/FM/CD unit. Why put in an iPod when you can have a full computer, with its music plus a whole world of other amazing options. Made me think that the small size is an important asset.


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